The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is reopening the comment period on its proposed rule to list the Carolina madtom and the Neuse River waterdog as threatened and established critical habitat for the species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is accepting comments until August 31, 2020.
FWS Accepting Comments on Listing of North Carolina Freshwater Species
NMFS Finds Listing of Dwarf Seahorse Not Warranted
The National Marine Fisheries Service has found that listing the dwarf seahorse under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted at this time.
Alaska Tribe Seeks Removal of Ringed Seals from Endangered Species List
An Alaska Native American Tribe has filed suit seeking the removal of the Arctic ringed seal from the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Center for Biological Diversity Files Suit Seeking Grizzly Bear Recovery Documents
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed suit against the Department of the Interior for allegedly failing to turn over documents related to the agency’s decision to stop grizzly bear recovery efforts in Washington State under the Freedom of Information Act.
CBD Notifies FWS of Intent to Sue Over North Carolina Freshwater Species
The Center for Biological Diversity has notified the Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to file suit under the Endangered Species Act challenging the agency’s failure to make a timely listing and critical habitat determinations for the Carolina madtom and the Neuse River waterdog. Following receipt of this letter, the Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its proposed rule to list the species (see below).
FWS to Review Endangered Species Listing Status of Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it will review the status of the dunes sagebrush lizard to determine whether listing the species under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The agency is seeking any new information regarding the status of the species or its habitat.
New York Considers Increased Endangered and Threatened Species Protections
New York Senate Bill S8750 proposes to amend the state’s endangered species law to include all species designated as endangered or threatened by the Secretary of Interior, even if those species are subsequently removed from the federal list of protected species.
EPA Finalizes Clean Water Act Section 401 Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule updating the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The rule is effective as of September 11, 2020.
Ninth Circuit Stops Attempt to Delist Yellowstone Grizzlies
The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Service improperly attempted to isolate and delist the Yellowstone-area population of grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act. The court said the agency had not adequately examined the impact the delisting would have for broader grizzly populations.
A coalition of nonprofit groups have petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to ban “depopulation” methods used on factory farms, including mass burial of animals in unlined pits and incineration of animals.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule establishing critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler in Puerto Rico. The rule is effective on July 30, 2020.